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HARARE, March 11– An influx of cheap imported milk products on the Zimbabwean market is impacting negatively on the operations of the local dairy industry, according to the Zimbabwe Association of Dairy Farmers (ZADF).

It said here Tuesday that the satiation was beyond its control and urged the government to impose duties on imported dairy products, noting that the poor performance of the economy had seen cheap imports coming from countries such as Mozambique, South Africa and as far as Brazil.

Statistics show that the national dairy herd which reached a peak of 122,000 head of cows in 1990 had declined to bout 60,000 by 2001 and 22,000 by 2011. Consumers are reported to prefer imported milk products, citing the high prices of local ones.

ZADF Chairman Craig Folluuelle said his association was encouraging farmers to adopt modern technology in order to reduce production costs and lower prices of their products.

“There is nothing we can do other than to try and reduce the costs of the products and as far as technology is concerned we are trying our best to improve their production techniques,” said Folluuell.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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